Low-cost revamp strategies improve FCCU performance

Hindustan Petroleum Corp. Ltd. (HPCL) used low-cost modifications to the FCC unit in its Mumbai, India, refinery to improve performance. The low-cost revamp, which cost about $2 million, generated $0.2/bbl in savings with a payback of 5 months.The FCC is the primary source of gasoline and LPG production in many Indian refineries. Increasing unit capacity and improving yield and product quality have a dramatic effect on refinery economics and the FCC’s ability to help meet new product specifications.The FCC process has complex interactions between feed, catalyst, and hardware. Identifying the hardware constraints in FCCUs and unlocking their potential using simple and low-cost modifi...

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